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Friday, November 20, 2009

Photohunters: Birds with a musical bonus

Last week I got confused and did a bird post and then realized, after posting, that the theme was music. I hurriedly added a photo of my guitars for the music theme, but kept the birds up because I have so many bird photographs.

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I decided that this week I would only use birds shots that I took this week and would add some music at the end. If I hadn't been in a hurry to add music last week I would have used some recent shots from a folk museum.

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The first shot of the male cardinal in my pecan tree seems to me like an example of how well coordinated the feathers are to the leaves. The second shot of the female cardinal bathing was harder to get because the males hog the bird baths. I have many more shots of the males bathing than the females.

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The robin above was singing to me which was how I spotted it. The little sparrow below blends so well in with the leaves and deck that they are easy to miss.

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The birds often swarm to the wires and I have managed to get a lot of shots lately when I'm at stop lights of this phenomenon.

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Now for the musical bonus. The Amy Aldrich Rockerfeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA has an exhibit called Cross Rhythyms: Folk Musical Instruments.

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Unless the drawer is removed from the chest of drawers above it looks like a normal drawer. However, it has a built in piano. Because the piano is hiddlen unless the drawer is removed one guess is that the family's religion may have prohibited music so the piano was hidden. No one knows for sure if that was the case but it seems like a reasonable guess.

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I enjoyed the exhibit with various instruments. The banjo below caught my eye.

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I also like the mixed display below although I don't remember any information about the instruments.

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For other participants, please visit the home of Photohunters where entries are posted starting on Saturday.

34 comments:

Randi said...

This little red cardinal is absolutely beautiful - can´t believe it´s a wild bird.
I have never seen a built in piano, but the piano has never been forbidden here.
Great idea for this week’s theme.
Happy weekend.

Vita Stunder said...

I agree with Randi - the red cardinal looks so exotic to me living in Sweden!
It is a beautiful bird.

Great post Carver!
Have a nice weekend :)

Mar said...

Red cardinals are gorgeous. Your pictures of birds are always a real treat.
Love that hidden piano, never saw one before!!

Bird

expatraveler said...

what a great title... And such really cool and interesting finds this time. What a trip you had!

jmb said...

Your bird photos are always exceptional Carver. Plus the birds in your area are very colourful.
Happy weekend to you.

Annie said...

I love how you've mixed the two themes two weeks in a row! Love your photos. I love cardinals and we are lucky that we get to see them so often. And I'd love to visit that folk museum.

Happy weekend and have a nice thanksgiving next week.

Cezar and Léia said...

That piano is really different, what a cool set of shots.Music to touch the soul, thanks a lot for this post!
Léia

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful selection. THe red cardianl is a stunning bird!

candi said...

Lovely shots for birds and music. The red cardinal is stunning!

Mirage said...

beautiful red one! I don't get photos of birds outside...I don't see any :(

Life Ramblings said...

the built in piano is something new to me. i've not seen anything like that before. have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read this blog. Thank author for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Ascender Rises Above said...

what cool musical instruments; i love watching antique roadshow for just these kinds of discoveries

napaboaniya said...

You sure do have lots of wonderful flying friends visiting you :)
Sometimes I wish I had wings too.... so I could fly and visit you :)

YTSL said...

Wow, Carver, you really are a bird watcher and photographer, aren't you? Which, this week, has yielded dividends... for your fellow Photo Hunters as well as you! :b

keeyit said...

red cardinal is beautiful. hehe.. nice shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I didn't know male cardinals hog the birdbath! That's fascinating!

A. @ A Changing Life said...

I love your mixed birds and music post. :) Cardinals, the male ones anyway, always strike me as so exotic with their brilliant colour. The poor female is just as exotic of course, but the quieter colours mean she's less noticeable.

rdl said...

Great bird shots! and interesting piano!

Stine in Ontario said...

I'm fascinated by the hidden instrument! Yikes! I can't imagine God or a god not approving of music!

Barbara H. said...

What neat birds shots! My favorite is the female cardinals in the bath.

Mrs Mecomber said...

What an enjoyable post! I love your cardinal photos- I love those birds.

And the hidden piano-- wow!! Love it.

My Photo Hunt is up, too. Hope you can visit. Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Mecomber
http://newyorktraveler.net

Chris said...

Should've know we'd get some great shots from you, Carver ;o)

I think the Red Cardinal is my favourite.

sammawow said...

What a gorgeous cardinal. I love seeing them and trying to photograph them. That piano is fascinating!

Smalltown RN said...

Oh Carver these are amazing photos....we don't get Cardinals out our way so for you to see one so close to your home is amazing.....I am jealous..

And that cabinet that is hiding the piano...wow what a piece of craftmanship....

mommanator said...

the cardinal is so beautiful!
Man that was some piano- we are so inventive when we have to be!

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

Bonggamom said...

Those cardinals are absolutely beautiful! I have never ever seen one live and I would love to take my own photos of one! Thanks for sharing your photos and letting the rest of us live vicariously thru your lens :)


My photo hunt post is up

luna miranda said...

the colors in the first photo is fabulous! these birds like visiting you.:p

healingmagichands said...

I like cardinals too, have lots at my feeders. They are such a brilliant note in the garden. I went for something a little young and naive this week. http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/photohunt-birds/

Pat said...

Love the colors in the first photo!!

Happy Weekend.

girasoli said...

Great shots! Love the red cardinal in all those golden leaves. The female cardinal taking a bath is so cute. Interesting piano. Loved all of your choices this week :)

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

I love the red cardinal also. Almost couldn't spot the sparrow; you were right about it blending in with the leaves.

The hidden piano? That's amazing. I can't imagine such a thing. Thanks for sharing.

I had a bit of music in the bird theme this week - sort of! :)

http://blondesherry.blogspot.com/2009/11/ph-birds-of-different-feather.html

Nicole said...

Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!
Those birdies are simply cute!

And those music instruments?
Amazing!
:D